John Kobelke, since 2005. Previously Member for Nollamara 1989-2005.
Northern Perth. Balcatta covers central parts of the City of Stirling, including the suburbs of Balcatta, Joondanna, Osborne Park, Stirling, Tuart Hill and parts of Hamersley.
Balcatta retained all of its 2008 territory, gaining part of Hamersley from Girrawheen at the northeastern corner of the seat. This slightly reduced the ALP’s margin from 2.3% to 2.2%.
The current seat of Balcatta was created in 2005, but previously existed for three periods between 1904 and 1996. Its most famous member was Brian Burke.
When Balcatta was created in 2005, it partly replaced the abolished seat of Nollamara. Nollamara had been held by the ALP’s John Kobelke since 1989.
Kobelke served as a parliamentary secretary in the Lawrence government and served on the frontbench when the ALP was in opposition in the 1990s. He served as a minister from 2001 to 2005.
Kobelke’s 9.2% margin was slashed to 2.3% in 2008, with the ALP suffering a swing of almost 10% on primary votes.
Sitting Labor MP John Kobelke is not standing for re-election. The ALP is running Janet Pettigrew. The Liberal Party is running Chris Hatton. The Greens are running Sheridan Young. Peter Dodd is running for the Australian Christians.
- Sheridan Young (Greens)
- Chris Hatton (Liberal)
- Mubarak Kim Kidima (Independent)
- Peter Dodd (Australian Christians)
- Joe Ruzzi (Independent)
- Janet Pettigrew (Labor)
- Lesley Croll (Family First)
Balcatta’s slim margin of 2.3% makes it a key target for the Liberal Party as they aim to assemble a majority in the Legislative Assembly. Kobelke’s retirement will likely assist the Liberal Party reach their goal.
2008 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into two halves, divided north and south by Morley Drive.
The ALP’s vote was consistent across the seat. The Liberal vote peaked at 43.6% in the north, 4.6% higher than in the south. The Greens vote was almost 4% higher in the south.
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